Middle Names with Meaning

The meanings of middle names have become important to more and more parents. A middle name with strong personal meaning may be the name of a beloved friend or family member, a surname rescued from your family tree, or -- in the case of the meaningful names here -- a choice with an inspirational feel. Middle names with meaning that do much more than bridge the first name and the last include the choices here.

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  • Journey

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    One of the new word names, appealing to parents attracted to the idea of a spiritual -- or even an actual -- voyage. The Journee spelling is also being used. Unisex alert: Jenna Jameson used... Read More 

  • Karma

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    Some parents, including rapper Ludacris, are literally bestowing good karma on their children; it could just join the new spiritual name congregation. Read More 

  • Kismet

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    The next Destiny? Kismet seems like it might be fated for increased use. Read More 

  • Legend

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    Legend joins cousins Story, Saga and Fable in the baby name pantheon of narrative words. Unlike Story and Fable, however, Legend comes with additional weight, being used for fame ("living... Read More 

  • Love

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    Love is best left as a middle name, as in Jennifer Love Hewitt. Love alternatives that carry a similar romantic sentiment, and may work better as first names, include Juliet and Valentina.Read More 

  • Lyric

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    A musical name with Greek roots, appealing to parents who like such other names as Harmony, Melody, and Cadence. Read More 

  • Mercy

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    The quality of mercy makes this lovely Puritan virtue name undervalued today. Although it was most popular in the late nineteenth century, Mercy is on its way to a comeback -- it rose 143 spots... Read More 

  • Noble

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    With parents beginning to show an interest in virtue names for boys, this Puritan favorite just might be revived, for what could be more admirable than nobility in terms of having strength of... Read More 

  • Ocean

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  • Patience

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    Patience is a passive virtue turned engaging name, fresher than Hope, Faith, or even Charity. Its resemblance to the trendy Payton may be one reason for its recent spike in popularity. ... Read More 

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